a bit about therapy
what to expect from your sessions
What will we talk about?
No matter what you choose to talk about, I'll meet you where you are. Are you worried about what to say when you begin in therapy? That's perfectly normal! Most people find that things unfold quite naturally in conversation. That said, it can take a few sessions to settle in, so it's important to give yourself time.
I work exclusively online
Sessions take online via Zoom, which allows you to access therapy from the comfort of your own home. Meeting online saves you valuable time as there is no commute, and it allows for more flexibility if you need to reschedule a session. Another advantage is that our work together can continue if either of us is travelling. Having worked in both settings, I am confident that the therapeutic connection is every bit as rich and meaningful online as in face to face work.
Here are some of the methods that I use in therapy
1. My approach is depth-oriented and holistic. I believe that true healing encompasses the body, mind, and emotions, and that we need to work in a certain depth in order to get to the root of the pain. The holistic perspective also leaves room for spirituality (our need for community, meaning, and faith).
2. My style is relational. I believe that meaningful psychological change begins with a human relationship. You won't find yourself staring at a 'blank face' or talking to a detached, unresponsive person. The therapeutic relationship is an important healing agent in its own right, and I engage with you with warmth and compassion to facilitate deep, internal healing opportunities.
3. As human beings, our main communication tool is conversation. I listen attentively to you and help you reflect on your thoughts and feelings, so that you can make sense of your emotional experience.
4. Talking in itself often isn't enough. If you have suffered early life trauma and C-PTSD, working below the level of verbal communication is essential. Unhealed emotional pain is held in the body as 'feeling memories.' For this reason, I use bodywork and sensory integration in my practice.
5. The creative arts can also be used therapeutically for deep sensory integration and non-verbal communication. I incorporate a variety of creative tools and techniques to help you express and reflect on your thoughts, feelings and bodily felt sense.
6. A popular treatment model in psychotherapy today is Internal Family Models (IFS). This is based on the idea that we have different 'parts' of our personality that have conflicting desires and goals. I use aspects of IFS in my wider integrative model to support your exploration of your internal world, sometimes in combination with creative activities if you like working in this way.
Therapy is a collaborative process. You have a say in what modalities work best for you, and I welcome your feedback at all times to ensure that your sessions feel supportive and are conducted in a way that best suits your needs.